US children consume too much sodium, CDC says

US children consume too much sodium, CDC says

It may be time to start using a salt replacement in your child's diet. According to a report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 90 percent of children in the US have too much sodium in their diets, and their consumption is comparable to that of adults.

According to the report, among the top 10 sources of sodium for children between the ages of 2 and 19 are pizza, bread/rolls, poultry, cold cuts and savory snacks. The CDC says that most of these foods are consumed away from home, which is similar to eating habits observed in adults. The study also found that 13-to-18 year-olds have the highest sodium consumption, with an average of 3,486 milligrams per day, which is way over the 1,500 milligrams a day suggested by the American Heart Association for ideal heart health.

This current higher average of sodium intake for American children can cause numerous health concerns. Higher sodium consumption has been found to cause high blood pressure, which can lead to heart disease and stroke. Lowering blood pressure in children can lower the risk of heart health complications in adulthood, the CDC reports. To help combat the amount of sodium in the food most often found in children's diets, the CDC recommends either reducing or replacing the salt content. As a salt replacement, Seagreens' Mineral Salt is a great, healthier alternative and is rich with essential nutrients.

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